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KCC May Challenge: Pansy Macapuno Pie

It has been forever since I posted something in my blog and just insanely crazy busy still. I can’t really wait till things get back to normal. Normal means at least all my clothes are out of the suitcases and boxes… well at least just a couple more weeks. Well having said that, busy or not, I need to have a post for this month’s Kulinarya Cooking Challenge. Thanks to Sefie and Connie who came up with this month’s theme: Flowers

Oh-oh… very challenging! I have been searching for different Filipino dishes with flowers but I was stumped. Then the other day, my husband said that we have a lot of pansies in our garden. He also said that they were edible and should use it in my salads and garnish! So there’s my answer— Pansy! But with what??? I just don’t want to make a salad dish since it seems not so Filipino at a glance 🙂

Pansy has a very very mild mint flavor and has so many different colors. Really good for garnish in desserts and in cocktails. So here’s what I came up…

Ingredients: (By the way this a “Macapuno Pie in Hurry” since I just have to write this post and make this pie in between my food prep for my next event)

  • 12 oz. jar macapuno balls (sweetened)
  • 12 oz. jar macapuno strings (sweetened)
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tsp cornstarch
  • pansies
  • 2 store bought graham cracker crust


  • In a non-stick pan, combine the macapuno balls, macapuno strings and evaporated milk. Simmer.
  • Add egg yolks and blend. Simmer for few minutes.
  • Dissolve cornstarch into the mixture and stir constantly until mixture is thick.
  • Remove from fire and pour into the crust.
  • Top with pansy. Sprinkle granulated sugar on the flower.
  • Bake pie at 350F until golden brown.
    Macapuno Pie with Pansy - Photos by: Trevor Joyce

    Macapuno Pie with Pansy – Photos by: Trevor Joyce

    Photos by Trevor Joyce www.iconica.ca

Comments (10)

  • wok with ray

    That Macapuno pie looks so pretty with real flowers, Diona. I love it. Thanks for sharing. 🙂

    *** Thanks Ray 🙂

  • Adora's Box

    This is so delicious_ double whammy of macapuno ! The pansies are a pretty touch.

    @Adora: Thanks… balls and strings of macapuno indeed!

  • Sefie

    Hey Diona~ the pansies look so pretty! I’ve never tried eating them before, but I’ve seen candied pansies in cake shops around here… I might be tempted to try them out next time I see them 🙂 Glad you had fun with the theme.

    @Sefie: Thanks for dropping by

  • Trisha

    Macapuno pie in a hurry? I like that! Never tried eating pansies before but I’m loving the simplicity and easeness of your recipe!!

    • Tita Flips

      @Trisha: Thank you… I guess with time constraints + what’s available now = this pie 🙂

  • DNA

    Reason enough to fly to Canada just so I can have a taste!

  • skip to malou

    great wau to use pansies. im really curious though. but macapuno pie? yes please i want the whole pie haha. great take on the flores de mayo theme.
    i hope your week is going great.

  • chef_d

    Oh yummy, I love macapuno and the pansy looks so dainty and made the pie look pretty 🙂

  • Marni

    Oh, man. I’m a sucker for macapuno anything. nomnomnom…

  • Words and Nosh

    What an easy macapuno pie recipe! Will definitely have to try this, though maybe without the pansies on mine…